If you’ve ever heard of Ginetta Cars and they’re flagship supercar, the F400, then you need to pat yourself on the back for actually knowing the story behind this British supercar.
The name ’F400’ actually wasn’t the car’s first name. Matter of fact, Ginetta actually didn’t build the car, either. That distinction belongs to Farboud , which conceived, designed, and developed the car back in 2002 as the GTS . But for one reason or another, the Farboud GTS project never got off the ground and in March of 2010, the rights to the brand and the car were officially sold to Ginetta.
With a new supercar in tow, all Ginetta had to do was re-badge the GTS to the F400 and thus, their newest supercar was born.
For all of its backstory, the F400 still remains a largely unnoticed supercar. But in the year that has passed since Ginetta acquired Farboud and the GTS, the only way for the F400 to go is up.
Details on the Ginetta F400 after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
Seeing as the Ginetta F400 is pretty much a rebadged version of the Farboud GTS, there weren’t a lot of parts in the car that were changed from its original set-up. The car comes with a space-frame chassis with a carbon fiber body, providing the F400 with a lightweight construction that’s strong enough to create a safe casing for the driver and its passengers without compromising the car’s performance capabilities. The Ginetta F400 measures 4.2 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.675 meters and an overall weight of 1,046 kg, comparatively lightweight compared to other cars of its class, which is all thanks to the F400’s lightweight carbon fiber body. The F400 also rides on a set of 19” lightened forged black or silver wheels. Added exterior options on the F400 that customers can choose from include a choice of metallic paint or even a specialist paint, exposed carbon fiber doors, red brake calipers to go with the silver or black wheels, and heated front screens.
Meanwhile, standard features on the interior of the F400 include adjustable reclining black leather seats, an interior dressed up in black leather with gray headlining, a sports steering wheel with power-assisted steering, and an A/C unit. If these items aren’t suitable enough for your high-brow taste buds, Ginetta is offering a bevy of added options for you to choose from.
Among the options you can add to the interior of the F400 include a non-standard carpet color, colored headlining, an upgraded sound system, bespoke organizer map pouches, a tracker response system, a four-point harness seatbelt, a carbon steering wheel, colored leather seats with contrasting stitching, carbon fiber seats with black leather, carbon fiber seats with colored leather, black leather dashboard and doorcards with color inserts, contrast stitching on the dashboard, and an all-Alcantara black sports interior.
In terms of performance, the Ginetta F400 is by no means a slouch. It’s got a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces a staggering 410 horsepower mated to a six speed manual gearbox. Although no official times have been achieved by the British supercar, it is estimated that the F400 is capable of hitting north-to-60 in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of well over 185 mph.
The Ginetta F400 has gone through a number of pricing changes, but currently, the car comes with a sticker price of £95,000, which is about $154,770 based on current exchange rates.
For that price - around $150,000 - the question we’d like to pose is if you’d prefer the Ginetta F400 or the Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI ? While both cars certainly have merits that are all their own, each model also has strengths over the other.
In terms of performance, the F400’s unconfirmed numbers are a little too hard to trust compared to the substantiated figures by the R8, which are pretty impressive in their own right. Supposing, though, that the F400’s numbers are legit, they’re a notch higher than what the R8 is capable of, especially its 0-60 mph time, which the F400 is capable of hitting in just 3.7 seconds compared to the 4.8 seconds it takes for the R8. Top speed for both cars are right around the same 185-mph range.
So what does the R8 have that the F400 doesn’t? Well, for one, it’s built by one of the world’s most popular automakers in Audi. It’s extremely popular amongst customers, and most of all, it’s been featured in some of the most recent Hollywood blockbuster movies.
The Ginetta F400? Not so much.
- Looks like a supercar
- Supercharged engine bumps output to 400 horsepower
- Looks to be pretty sturdy
- Not a name brand
- Other more popular options available
- A little hard to pay that much for a car not a lot of people know about